Tier 1 training is intended for mental health front-line staff, clinicians and educators interested in becoming proficient in Collaborative Problem Solving, an evidence-based approach to understanding and helping children and adolescents with a wide range of social, emotional, and behavioural challenges.
Participants learn to advance their skills in applying the model through a combination of didactic lectures, role-playing, videotape examples, case presentations, and breakout groups with topics of specific interest to clinicians and educators. Participants receive personal attention and individualized feedback during breakout sessions from Think:Kids trainers while also benefiting from opportunities for networking. Continuing education credits are offered at no extra cost. This is a 2.5 day training program and participants must attend all days to be considered for certification. Completion of the training is also a requirement of the professional certification program.
- Providing an in-depth exposure to both the assessment and intervention components.
- Practicing drilling down to identify specific problems to be solved.
- Practicing identifying the specific cognitive skill deficits contributing to challenging behaviour.
- Learning how to solve problems and train skills using the collaborative problem solving process.
- Practicing indirect skills training with personalized feedback from trainers.
- Troubleshooting Plan B.
Additional Topics Include:
• Strategies for when a child refuses or has difficulty expressing his/her concerns.
• Dealing with common resistances to the approach.
• Troubleshooting other barriers to implementation in systems.
• Integrating with other models (i.e. Positive Behavioural Supports).
• Implementation in groups such as classrooms and transforming system-wide disciplinary policies.